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U.S. has not determined 'genocidal intent' for attacks on Rohingya - State Dept.

FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has not made a determination of “genocidal intent” for attacks on Rohingya in Myanmar for legal reasons, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

“It is a very specific legal designation. It is not one that is easily made. To the average person, of course these things are incredibly horrific and it seems we should just slap a label on something. Well, they’re complex legal designations that have legal meaning and weight in courts around the world,” said spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Toni Reinhold